Ongoing

Badlands

Meet the new generation of filmmakers

2 — 23 September 2021

still from Marlon Brando (Vincent Tilanus, NL 2020)
still from Marlon Brando (Vincent Tilanus, NL 2020)

Who will determine the future’s cinematic landscape? Which stories will be told and how?

Up-and-coming film talent at Eye: a new generation of Dutch makers are given the opportunity to present their debut films, discuss filmmaking and select films by makers that inspired them. These Badlands evenings are compiled by guest curators Lemuël de Graav, Xiang Yu Yeung and Eye programmer Ronald Simons.

still from Suzy Q (Martin Koolhoven, NL 1999)
still from Suzy Q (Martin Koolhoven, NL 1999)
still from Mid90s (Jonah Hill, US 2018)
still from Mid90s (Jonah Hill, US 2018)

In September, Eye will celebrate Dutch cinema’s future with a selection of 11 talented up-and-coming filmmakers who work in various disciplines and have diverse backgrounds. What unites them is their individuality and unique artistic ideas on cinema as an artform, in short: as yet untold stories.

Watch the programme trailer:

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© Wouter Sessink (director/editor), Betonkust (original score)
still from Papicha (Mounia Meddour, DZ 2020)
still from Papicha (Mounia Meddour, DZ 2020)

Badlands evenings

During the Badlands evenings, the filmmakers will illuminate their artistic and societal visions as well as explain their personal drives using their own works and excerpts from makers who inspired them. What do they dream of? Who inspires them and what would they like to see changed? How do these new talents depict the pressing issues in their own lives? Time to share personal experiences.

The eleven filmmakers who will make their appearance in Eye in September will each be interviewed by moderators Noa Johannes (NTR/NPO3) and Marian Cousijn (art historian, curator). During the evenings, the talents show their artistic and social vision on the basis of their own work and clips from works by inspirators, and clarify personal motivations.

The new generation of fllmmakers introduce themselves

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campaign image Badlands, illustration © Isa Grütter
illustration © Isa Grütter

Talents

Eye presents two talents per evening; often they are makers who work with shared themes – such as representation, the search for identity and building worlds – but express them in their own way. The talents of September: Lenina Ungari, Daniël Ernst, Rossella Nisio, Jemima de Jonge, Festus Toll, C.T.H. Fransen, Kevin Osepa, Aisha Madu, Emma Branderhorst, Vincent Tilanus and Daniël Kolf.

Finally, the talents will jointly present a debut film from an important filmmaker they have selected.

Mentors

The participants will also enter into conversation with someone who inspired them: a professional from the field – such as Morgan Knibbe, Peter Greenaway, Ivan Barbosa, Manoushka Zeegelaar Breeveld and Maarten Heijmans – who they will put their burning questions to live.

Curators

Badlands was conceptualised and compiled by three curators. Poet, artist and filmmaker Lemuël de Graav (1998) studies at the Netherlands Film Academy. Multidisciplinary artists Xiang Yu Yeung (1992) is editor-in-chief for the MAMA platform and worked as a junior curator for IFFR Young Selectors. Eye programmer Ronald Simons (1975) has curated programmes including Eyeshadow and Koolhoven & Simons.

still from Raw (Julia Ducournau. FR 2016)
still from Raw (Julia Ducournau. FR 2016)

VPRO Cinema

VPRO Cinema will pay ample attention to Badlands using, among other things, video portraits of the new filmmakers. VPRO Cinema will be represented by film journalist Noa Johannes who will present four Badlands evenings in September.

still from I Don't Wanna Dance (Flynn von Kleist, NL 2020)
still from I Don't Wanna Dance (Flynn von Kleist, NL 2020)

September programme

Six Badlands evenings with new talent, a workshop, an extensive film programme with the participants' own work and titles of their choice (debut films) plus a Sunsets open-air screening: the new Badlands series is off to a good start.

New instalments will follow in November 2021, then in January 2022, every other month.

poster Badlands, illustration © Isa Grütter
illustration © Isa Grütter

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